Most commonly misspelled science and math words

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In summary: Its/It's ;)lolDiarrhea seems to be misspelled often.But that probably wasn't what you were looking for.
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I'm looking for a list of commonly misspelled science and math words. What do you see often?
 
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fresh_42 said:
Do you mean: except names?
oh names would be great too!
 
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Lorentz, of the Lorentz transforms, is often confused with Lorenz, of the electromagnetic Lorenz gauge condition.
 
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We recently had Plank.
 
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Hadron.
Which is unfortunate.
 
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Actually you could try to write a script to filter out all "spellcheckable" words out of the PF posts.
 
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Einstien is fairly common. Schwarzchild, Schwarschild and Schwarzschild seem to be common mis-spellings of Schwarzschild. The number of ns at the end of Feynman's name also seems to be a topic of debate.
 
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There are some words for which what is "right" or "wrong" depends on what country you are in. For example:

U.S.
UK
notes
math​
maths
center​
centre
fiber​
fibre
meter​
metreunit of distance
(but not measuring device, always "meter")
liter​
litre
esophagus​
oesophagus
color​
colour
neighborhood​
neighbourhood
analog​
analogue
mold​
mould

But that probably wasn't what you were looking for.
 
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Astrology and cosmetology.
 
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Astrology...
I had an ex who would not stop saying that. Doomed relationship.
 
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Thomson, who became Lord Kelvin is often written as Thompson.
 
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Kirchhoff. No one can spell it right, not even me, and I know I'm doing it wrong every time I type it.
 
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Then there's my favorite: pie. (I tend to ask them if they want apple or blueberry to calculate the area of the circle.)

-Dan
 
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Chicxulub, the impactor and loation of impact of the "dinosaur killer" meteorite.

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Tangenital velocity.
 
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fresh_42 said:
We recently had Plank.
I did that once. I was hoping the community had forgot.
 
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Van der Graaff (probably)
 
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There is also the dreaded pressure guage.
 
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Angle/angel.
 
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DaveC426913 said:
I feel certain the the most misspelled word is "loser" but their spell checker didn't catch it.
 
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Hornbein said:
I feel certain the the most misspelled word is "loser" but their spell checker didn't catch it.
It would be pretty funny to see the world map with LOSER emblazoned on most of the countries.
 
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hmmm27 said:
Van der Graaff (probably)
It's actually Van de Graaff. But "Van der Graaf Generator" are an "English progressive rock band". Popular in Italy during the 1970s, apparently.
 
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mjc123 said:
It's actually Van de Graaff.
And he was American, not Dutch. From Alabama.
 
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kuruman said:
There is also the dreaded pressure guage.
that one drives me crazy.

On my crazy meter, it is right up there with "ect." As in, "bring your own paper, pencils, pens, ect."
Ick, I see "ectoplasm" everytime I see "ect."
 
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gmax137 said:
that one drives me crazy.

On my crazy meter, it is right up there with "ect." As in, "bring your own paper, pencils, pens, ect."
Ick, I see "ectoplasm" everytime I see "ect."
What did you expect from people who pronounce it ec-setera?
 
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In my native language plural form of nouns are often indicated with "er" in the end, e.g. the singular "bil", meaning car, has plural form "biler", meaning cars. Now, since kilometer ends with "er" some people manage to think that 1 kilometer is to be called "1 kilomet", even on prime time national TV :oldeyes:

Another extremely common mistake is to confuse units of power and energy, like mixing up kW and kWh, but I guess that is not really a spelling mistake as such.
 
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On a related note: KM for kilometers.

-Dan
 

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